Duo Kettő, vocal and percussion
Stocker Arts Center is planning for a safe reopening with this event.
Signature Recital Series Concert
Duo Kettő, vocal and percussion
Duo Kettő is the combination of soprano Dr. Brenda Pongracz and percussionist Andrew Pongracz. Both active performers in their own right, Brenda and Andrew joined to create a duo in 2019. They focus on finding contemporary music as well as commissioning new works from local composers.
Program to Include:
Solvejg’s Lied (1874-75) by Edvard Grieg
Peer Gynt Songs (2000)* by Brenda Wepfer
Love’s not Time’s Fool (1981) byJames Lambert
- Shakespeare Sonnet 60
- Shakespeare Sonnet 116
Four Bashõ Haiku (2008) by Jorge Vidales
- Winter Garden
- Awake at Night
- Moonlight Slanting
Lullaby for Ben (1979) by Edward Miller
Black is the Color of my True Love’s Hair (1989) by Clarence E. Barber
Song and Light (1974-75) by Conrad De Jong
Three Short Songs of Love (2020)* by Donald Miller
* Denotes World Premier
Dr. Brenda Pongracz is the Dean of Arts & Humanities at Lorain County Community College. She has performed locally with Cleveland Opera on Tour, Cleveland Opera, Hiram College Opera Theater, the Cleveland Composer’s Guild, Northcoast Men’s Chorus, Cleveland’s Music and Drama Club and the American Association of University Women. She has also performed for graduation ceremonies at both LCCC and Tri-C, as well as for the Inauguration of Dr. Alex Johnson at Tri-C. Dr. Pongracz is currently a soprano soloist and section leader St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lakewood. She has also been a soloist and section leader with Old Stone Church, Trinity Cathedral, Church of the Covenant, St. James Anglican Church in Cleveland and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. Beyond a soloist, Dr. Pongracz is an active ensemble singer, performing with both Good Company and NEOVoce. She also served as a former chorister for Opera Cleveland and as a former member of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hiram College, a Master’s of Music History from Cleveland State, and a Master’s in Vocal Performance from Temple University, as well as an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Walden University. She also studied at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria and was a competition finalist and grant recipient from the Gerda Lissner Foundation in New York City.
Andrew Pongracz is the timpanist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and principal percussionist with both the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and Youngstown Symphony. He can be heard on the 2007 Grammy-winning recording of Olivier Messiaen’s “Oiseaux Exotiques” with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. He has performed at the Odenwald Festspiele in Germany, the Cayman Arts Festival in the Cayman Islands and at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in Incline Village, NV. In addition to orchestral work Andrew plays regularly for Great Lakes Theatre at Playhouse Square and has played with Aretha Franklin, Charo, Frankie Valli, Yes, and Kansas. Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Hiram College and completed the Master of Music degree at Cleveland State University where he studied with Cleveland Orchestra percussionist Don Miller and legendary drum set artist Bob McKee. He has also studied with Cleveland Orchestra principal timpanist Paul Yancich, Tom Fries and George Kiteley. Andrew lives in Lakewood with his wife Brenda and their two sons Alexander and Christopher.